Hemiptera Gerridae

Don’t drop the camera in the water!!!

The Gerridae are a family of insects in the order Hemiptera, commonly known as water striders, water skeeters, water scooters, water bugs, pond skaters, water skippers, or water skimmers. Consistent with the classification of the Gerridae as true bugs (i.e., suborder Heteroptera), gerrids have mouthparts evolved for piercing and sucking, and distinguish themselves by having the unusual ability to walk on water, making them pleuston (surface-living) animals. They are anatomically built to transfer their weight to be able to run on top of the water’s surface. As a result, one could likely find water striders present in any pond, river, or lake. Over 1,700 species of gerrids have been described, 10% of them being marine.

Look at the curvature of the water where weight interacts with surface tension….

Looking at the reflection of my lovely mouth parts in the mirror…

Am I not a fancy beasty…a true bug..

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If I could choose the life I pleased

Then I would be a boatman

Along the canals and the rivers free

No hasty words are spoken

My only law the river breeze

Would take me to the open seas

If I could choose the life I pleased

Then I would be a boatman

The Levellers

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